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is a prominent and celebrated Palestinian poet and has spent most of his life in exile. Born in 1944 in the village of Deir Ghassaneh near Ramallah, he graduated from Cairo University in 1967. He has been published throughout the Middle East and lives and works in Cairo. His collected works were published in Beirut in 1997, and in the same year his memoir, I Saw Ramallah, an account of his first visit home after thirty years, won the 1997 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. A best-seller in the Arab world and translated into English by Ahdaf Soueif, it was published by Bloomsbury in the UK in 2004 to critical acclaim. He has read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, and was one of four authors on the first Banipal Live UK tour of Arab authors in 2004, where he also appeared at Poetry International in a special Arab poets' evening. Selected poems in translation have been published in Banipal No 15/16 and in A Small Sun (Stephen Spender Trust/Aldeburgh Poetry Festival).